Pointing out people protecting your plate

A campaign to highlight the work of those making sure people are safe when eating out is being backed by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Published: Friday, 8th June 2018

This week the Food Standards Agency launched the #ProtectingYourPlate campaign as part of Food Safety Week and throughout the summer SNC will be sharing stories and facts and figures about the work done by the council’s officers.

Cllr Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Food and drink are vital parts of the South Northamptonshire economy and the health of our residents and visitors is most important of all.

“We take a collaborative approach; our Environmental Health team is there to work with businesses to ensure their customers have a safe and enjoyable meal and one they want to experience over and over again.

“However if a health risk is found, we will take the necessary steps to keep people safe, even if that means closing a business that does not meet the requirements.”

James Swansborough-Smith, owner of ARTea room at the Wakefield Country Court Yard in Potterspury built a relationship with the SNC Business Support Team after a routine coaching visit. He went on to enrol in the Eat Out Eat Well healthy food initiative.

He said: “The council’s support has been great, when people see you’ve got a five star food hygiene rating and a silver Eat Out Eat Well award, it shows it’s a good business. It means its run well and can maintain standards that ensure customers are going to be looked after.”

The Eat Out Eat Well award recognises caterers who provide and promote healthy eating options, making it easier for their customers to make healthy eating choices.

SNC provides a wide range of support and training for existing and start-up food businesses, for more information, visit our webapges on food, information and advice.